HollyShorts Announces Screenplay Semifinalists

Updated: 09/25/2020

The HollyShorts Film Festival has announced semifinalists from a record number of over 1,000 submissions to their 7th annual screenplay contest.

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Scriptapalooza Names 2020 Contest Winners

A Reindeer Story by Jay Michael Jorgensen & Lisa Juslin has been named the 1st Place Winner of the 2020 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. [Updated: 09/22/2020]

PAGE Names 2020 Finalists

The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards has announced the top 10 Finalists in each of their ten genre categories. This year’s Finalists include writers from all across the United States and 14 foreign countries: Australia, France, Belgium, Spain, England, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Mexico, and Canada. [Updated: 09/16/2020]

Write LA Names 2020 Semifinalists

Fifteen semifinalists have been announced for the 2020 Write LA Screenwriting Competition. Each semifinalist will receive a free screenwriting book courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions, a phone call from head judge Tim Schildberger to discuss their scripts, and a professional logline polish from co-founder Angela Bourassa. [Updated: 09/15/2020]

Scriptapalooza Celebrates Top 30 Writers

Scriptapalooza has posted a video celebrating the top 30 writers in this year's Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. [Updated: 09/15/2020]

Academy Names Nicholl Fellowship Finalists

The ten finalists for this year's Nicholl Fellowships have been announced. [Updated: 09/14/2020]

Finish Line Script Competition Names Quarterfinalists

Quarterfinalists have been announced in the Feature Screenplay and Television & Short Script Categories of the 2020 Finish Line Script Competition. [Updated: 09/02/2020]

Creative World Awards Announces Grand Prize Winner

Ross Mayberry's Sailing Off the Edge of the World has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 Creative World Awards. [Updated: 09/01/2020]

Save The Cat Names Competition Winners

Save the Cat! has announced Thomas Steventon as the winner of their 2020 Screenwriting Competition for his script, Gaijin & Samson. The TV category winner was Tavyn Gentry's Tira'allara [Updated: 09/01/2020]

Launch Pad Pilot Names Finalists

The Tracking Board has announced the Top 100 Finalists for their Launch Pad TV Pilot Competition. [Updated: 08/15/2020]

TrackingB Announces TV Contest Finalists

TrackingB has announced the five finalists for their 2020 TV Writing Competition. [Updated: 08/14/2020]

HollywoodIQ

News, opinions, interviews and more from Hollywood and the screenwriting contest scene.

  • Interview with Author/Screenwriter Michael Weinreb

    Michael WeinrebMichael Weinreb studied journalism at Penn State, and creative writing at Boston University, and published a book of short stories and several books of non-fiction before trying his hand at screenwriting with The Big D, a sports drama based loosely on the SMU football scandal of the 1980s.

  • Interview with Screenwriters Carlo and Erin Carere

    Carlo and Erin CarereCarlo and Erin Carere are partners in life and in writing. Carlo was born in Naples, and published several novels in Italy before turning his attention to screenwriting. Minneapolis native Erin, meanwhile, was a playwright and singer-songwriter. The couple have been writing together since 2014, and their sci-fi TV pilot Dark Horizons has scored more than a dozen contest placements from some of the best-rated contests on MovieBytes.

  • Interview with StoryPros Comedy Category Winner Thomas Leupp

    Thomas LeuppComedy writer Thomas Leupp was born and raised in Los Angeles, and his sports comedy Tres Banditos was the comedy category winner of the 2019 StoryPros Awards, and a runner-up for the 2019 Inroads Fellowship.

  • Interview with 2020 Fresh Voices Horror Division Winner Harry Aspinwall

    Harry AspinwallHarry Aspinwall is a writer and actor who grew up in Scotland, but has been living the U.S. - currently Brooklyn - since he was 16. His historical horror script Henrietta was the First Place Winner of the Horror Division of the 2020 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition.

  • Interview with 2019 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Winner James Gould-Bourn

    James Gould Bourn James Gould-Bourne, winner of the 2019 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Competition, is originally from Manchester, England, but now lives with his wife in Malaysia after four years of living in Lithuania. His debut novel, Bear Necessity, will be published in U.S. on August 4, 2020.

  • Interview with 2019 Creative World Award
    Winner Taylor Hopkins

    Taylor Hopkins was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Creative World Awards for his screenplay, Stagecoach Mary, a true story about a hard-drinking, cigar smoking black woman in Montana in 1885, who uses her six shooter and tough as nails attitude to defend a convent of nuns from the perils of the Wild West.

  • Interview with 2018 CineStory Second Place Winner Avishai Weinberger

    CineStory Co-Executive Director Carlo Martinelli catches up with the 2018 CineStory Fellowship second place winner, Avishai Weinberger.

  • Interview with ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner Davia Carter

    Davia Carter was named a 2018 ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner on the basis of her TV pilot Double Time Dames, a one-hour drama set in the jazz age that tells the story of a brilliant female trumpeter who sheds her life of abusive men and attempts to start an all-female band as an Italian mob tries to stake their claim in her town.

  • Interview with ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner Georgina Love

    Georgina Love was named a 2018 ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner for her sci-fi feature Pig, which follows an experimental scientist as he raises a sentient pig as a mirror image of his terminally ill son. When the pig learns his "father's" plans have a sinister bent, he fights to resist the inevitable.

  • Interview with ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner Brock Newell

    Brock Newell was named a 2018 ScreenCraft Fellowship Winner for his feature screenplay Ravenous, a fresh take on the cabin in the woods horror genre, about a man who invites his new girlfriend on a camping trip with his friends, only to realize that she's a cannibal who intends to kill them all. Brock graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Creative Writing, and has been living in LA for 10 years by way of Chicago.

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Shore Scripts - Short Film Fund
Regular: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Final: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
Early: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script & Series Bible Competition
Final: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Standard: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)
Final: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest
Regular: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Stage 32 New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest New!
Regular: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival
Extended: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition
Early: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Stage32.com 'THAT'S A MOVIE!' Logline Contest New!
Final: 09/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Script Pipeline First Look Project
Late: 10/01/2020
WSPro Discount: No

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Final, Extended: 10/01/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Late: 10/03/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

WriteMovies Horror Award 2020 New!
1 Week Extension: 10/04/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Chandler International Film Festival
Late: 10/04/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition
Early-bird: 10/05/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Golden Script Competition
October Deadline: 10/05/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Genre Lab New!
Late: 10/05/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Late: 10/09/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Screenwriting Staffing's Query Letter Contest (Season 2) New!
Earlybird: 10/09/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Screenwriting Staffing's Query Letter Contest (Season 2) New!
Regular : 10/09/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

San Francisco IndieFest Screenplay Competition
Regular: 10/10/2020
WSPro Discount: No

13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest
Stoker: 10/11/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

WriteMovies Fall 2020 Screenwriting Contest
Late: 10/11/2020
WSPro Discount: No

trackingb.com Screenplay Contest
Really Late Extended: 10/12/2020
WSPro Discount: No

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship
Extended Late: 10/12/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Stage 32 Diverse Voices Springboard New!
Final: 10/14/2020
WSPro Discount: No

The WeScreenplay Feature Competition
Early: 10/15/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay
Final: 10/15/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Toronto Metropolitan Int'l Screenwriting Competition
Ext Regular: 10/16/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition
Final: 10/19/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Military Script Showcase
Early: 10/22/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Extended: 10/24/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final: 10/25/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Chandler International Film Festival
Final: 10/25/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Stage 32 New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest New!
Final: 10/28/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Golden Script Competition
October Deadline: 10/29/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenwriting Competition
Final: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenwriting Competition
Early: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts - Short Film Fund
Final: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
Early: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Extended: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest
Late: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest
Shelley: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition
Regular: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

L.A. Live Film Fest
Winter Discount Deadline: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Summer in the South Film Festival New!
Fall Deadline: 10/31/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

12th New Media Film Festival Script Competition
Pre Deadline: 11/03/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
Final: 11/05/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Destiny City Film Festival
Final: 11/06/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Screenplay Awards: Elements of Story New!
Final: 11/08/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Genre Lab New!
Final: 11/09/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Extended: 11/12/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)
Extended: 11/12/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Extended: 11/13/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Toronto Metropolitan Int'l Screenwriting Competition
Extended: 11/13/2020
WSPro Discount: No

San Francisco IndieFest Screenplay Competition
Extended: 11/14/2020
WSPro Discount: No

The WeScreenplay Feature Competition
Regular: 11/15/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts Fiction Podcast Contest New!
Early: 11/15/2020
WSPro Discount: No

SeriesFest Women Writing Competition
Earlybird: 11/18/2020
WSPro Discount: No

First 10 Pages Script Competition
Early: 11/19/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Military Script Showcase
Regular: 11/19/2020
WSPro Discount: No

13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest
Poe: 11/22/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition
Final: 11/25/2020
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
Final: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Circus Road Screenplay Contest
Final: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Horror Hotel International Film Festival
Earlybird: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Capital Fund Screenplay Competiton
Early: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $5.00

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition
Final: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: No

Summer in the South Film Festival New!
Early Bird Deadline: 11/30/2020
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Trending: Contest Queue

The following screenwriting competitions are the "most queued" upcoming contests on MovieBytes:

  1. Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts Competition
  2. 2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
  3. Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
  4. WriteMovies Fall 2020 Screenwriting Contest
  5. Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition
  6. Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
  7. Script Pipeline First Look Project
  8. StoryPros International Screenplay Contest
  9. trackingb.com Screenplay Contest
  10. American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest